Improving sanitation in Sudan
We have changed the behaviour around sanitation in Dasarata village, Sudan, using community approaches to sanitation (CATs) training. Darasta village lies to the north of Kassala town and has 660 agro-pastoralist households.
“The training has changed my attitudes towards open defecation,” said one participant, Zinab Hamad. “I can act healthily now for me and my community.”
The training was organised under Aqua4East project that aims at providing sustainable access to water and improving sanitation and hygiene behaviour in the states of Red Sea, Kassala and Gedaref.
The Aqua4East project aims to achieve open defecation free (ODF) communities through affordable, ap¬propriate technology and behaviour change.
The emphasis of commuity approaches to sanitation is the sustainable use of sanitation facilities rather than the construction of new infrastructure. This depends on broad engagement with diverse members of the community, including households, schools, health centres and traditional leadership structures.
Communities lead the change, and use their own capacities to attain their objectives. Their role is central in planning and implementing improved sanitation, taking into account the needs of diverse community members, including vulnerable groups, people with disabilities, and women and girls. We are not using subsidies but we will build capacities of masons to encourage collective action in support of total sanitation and where they help the sustainable use of sanitation facilities.